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October 2017 - Parity for Disability AGM
Supporters, staff and students came together on Wednesday 25th October for Parity's AGM at High Cross Church in Camberley. Chairman Owen Durrett, got proceeding underway with a talk about the last year, highlighting support from individuals, community groups and organisations, along with the many challenges that Parity encounters and must overcome. Treasurer, David Turnidge spoke briefly about finances, fees and fundraising and moved on to speak about our objectives for the future. Keyworkers were recognised for their support, with long service certificates handed out to many. Kindly, supporters Stephen and Paul from local pub The Falkners Arms spoke about how important their support to local charities is whilst turning the fortunes round of a forgotten pub. Lastly our thanks go to the staff at High Cross Church for their help in organising the event.
September 2017 – Mason’s Community Awards
The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with a public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000.
Parity were nominated by Freemasons in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, with votes being cast throughout July and August. In total 178,801 people voted across England and Wales. Parity is to receive a £4,000 Community Award from the Freemasons following the public vote which really will do so much towards our vital services for people with multiple disabilities. Parity would like to thank the Mason’s for their continued support.
August 2017 – Accessible Kitchen Installed at Mytchett.
Our Mytchett day service has benefitted from a new specially adapted kitchen thanks to donations from the ACT Foundation, the Beatrice Laing Trust and individual supporter Linda Anderson. Students are now benefiting from experiencing the new kitchen, fitted by Farnborough-based Howdens – who also kindly donated the adapted oven and ceramic hob – it includes a height adaptable work surface and sink unit, which means that more students are able to participate in living skills activities. To mark the occasion the three day services competed in a bake off with the final being held between the Farnborough and Mytchett services. Judges from Howdens attending marking the Farnborough team the winners.
July 2017 – Thank You to The Lydian Singers
With thanks to The Lydian Singers who chose Parity as their charity of the year in their Diamond Anniversary celebrations. At their Diamond Jubilee concert they handed over a cheque to trustee Cllr Barbara Hurst for £1000. Their support really will go a long way in supporting our students. If you would like to learn more about The Lydian Singers please visit www.lydiansingersfarnborough.co.uk. Thank you to them for all of their support this year.
June 2017 – Vote for Parity!
As part of their 300th Anniversary celebrations the Mason’s are holding a public vote for 300 charities. Parity are nominated in the Hampshire & Isle of Wight region as 1 of 8 charities with the opportunity to win a donation of up to £25,000. Voting closes on the 31st July with results being revealed in August. To vote for Parity please click here. Thank you for your support!
May 2017 – Skydive Thanks
Parity would like to thank three brave supporters who took on the challenge of falling 10,000 ft. On Sunday 14th May Simon Vickery, Lawrence Duff and Rebecca Alexander took to the skies and had the experience of a lifetime. They had been busy fundraising over the past few months and managed to raise over an incredible £2500 with kind donations still coming in. Thank you to them for taking on the challenge your support really make a difference to our students.
April 2017 – Co-op Thanks
With thanks to the Co-op and it’s members who have been shopping in support of Parity. Over four months they have raised an incredible £12,945.99. Thank you to all that chose Parity this really will go a long way in supporting our students.
April 2017 – The Falkner’s Arms
Local pub The Falkner’s Arms have chosen Parity as their charity of the year. They will be holding a family fun day on Sunday 30th April at Ancell’s Farm Playing Fields from noon with a variety of other activities that is fun for all the family. Thanks to them for their support and for more information please click here
March 2017 – May Mowathon
Local company The Greenlawnsmith have kindly chosen to support Parity for Disability again this year. After a successful weekend last year which raised over £650 the May Mowathon is back for a second year. For more information and to enquire to get your lawn mown for a good cause please click here
January 2017 – Vickery showing their support to Parity
Local estate agents Vickery have chosen Parity as their charity partner. After visiting our day services and meeting our students they were very keen to get involved, we are excited to be working with them and thank them for their support.
December 2016 – Southern Derbyshire Lowers Hospital Admissions
A 2013 audit of the Southern Derbyshire PMLD Service revealed that hospital admissions in Southern Derbyshire for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities were significantly lower than in other parts of the country. A recent article in PMLD Link explains why it’s different in this locality. Click here: Southern Derbyshire Service for People with PMLD.